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Cooking School


For the fondest Taste Explorers, small classes with a maximum of eight participants, ensures you have a hands-on learning experience with personal instructions. Courses are available for one day to a maximum of 5 days for the complete course.

At Il Bottaccio you will have the chance to participate in a working kitchen, giving you the behind-the-scenes experience of a top Italian restaurant. Each day, the school focuses on a few different aspects of cooking and Italian cuisine.

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Day 1 – Italian Classics

We start the course by tasting and learning about a collection of essential Italian ingredients, including olive oil, balsamic vinegar, and cheeses, with a special emphasis on seasonal items. After reviewing basic knife skills, we will discuss regional differences and specialities of Italy and prepare a selection of courses for lunch.


Day 2 – The Cuisine of Il Bottaccio

We will share the secrets of the modern cuisine at Il Bottaccio. Given its emphasis on seafood, we will talk about and demonstrate the best method to clean and prepare it. You will also learn how to make homemade pasta, just one of the ingredients that will be used as we prepare our sumptuous lunch.

Menus and lessons are tailored to seasonal produce and specialties, ensuring only for the freshest and highest quality ingredients to be used. Daily classes typically take place in the morning, leaving the remainder of the day to explore the surrounding area through planned activities or on your own. For those wanting a more personalized experience, individual courses can be designed to uniquely fit your interests. Although this being a five-day program, you are free to choose to select individual classes. The cooking School runs throughout the entire year.


Day 3 – Desserts and Introduction to Wines

A chance to discover classic and modern Italian desserts. Then, over a leisurely lunch prepared by our staff, we will talk about wine tastes savoring a selection of Italian wines.


Day 4 – Culinary Outing

We will tour the countryside and visit a local winery. While dining on a delectable lunch we continue to learn and taste Italian wines. Afterwards, we visit a market, tour an olive oil mill or another culinary destination, depending on the season.


Day 5 – More Il Bottaccio Cuisine and ‘Being the Chef’

You will experience more wonderful specialities of Il Bottaccio. Afterwards, you will have the chance to be the chef and apply what you have learned to create your own masterpiece.

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